Best Food In Ipoh – Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼)

Best Food In Ipoh - Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼)

Best Food In Ipoh – Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼) Review

After an afternoon touring Ipoh, we returned to have an early night at Hotel Excelsior Ipoh. The plan was to wake early and enjoy a good breakfast at one of the places that has the Best Food in Ipoh. It was the famous and popular Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼).

We were fortunate that Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼) was located just behind Hotel Excelsior Ipoh. Just a 2 to 3 minutes walk and we were there. My Malaysian friend advised that we must try this eating place. Everyone who visits Ipoh must try it.


Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼) – The Overview & Rankings

Madam Kwan KLCC - 4 Star Rating

Name: Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼)
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Dim Sum
Meals Served: Breakfast to Lunch
Dining Choices: Dine In, Reservations, Takeout
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.0 out of 5.0
Service: 4.0 out of 5.0
Value: 4.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 4.0 out of 5.0
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 


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Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼) – The Video

Here is a short video showing the street where Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼) is located. Also, the entrance, what is at the entrance, the dining area on the ground level, the counters where you order food, and also the traditional push trolley where they bring food to you for you to choose. Also, don’t forget the pics of the food, too.

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About Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼)

Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼) has been around since 1971. They actually create their own dim sum and manufacture Mooncakes. Mooncakes are delicacies enjoyed during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

They have won awards such as the Premis Makanan Terbaik 2011 Award. This tells you the high quality and standard of their delicious food.

Entrance of Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼)
Entrance of Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼), © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The restaurant is popular with locals and tourists. Even with two floors of dining area, the place gets packed and there is usually a long queue.

Thankfully, we went during off peak season in January, and arrived early in the morning around 6.30 am.  Already there were many customers. At least, we managed to get a table immediately. As you can see in the photo below, the place was already getting packed.

Customers at one of the dining areas
Customers at one of the dining areas, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Tip: Visit during Off Peak Seasons (for example, in January),
and you can get a table easily.


Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼) – The Food

How to Order the Food?

There are few ways to order the food. You can either go to the counters and ask or point for what you wish to have, order from the wait staff, or look at the food brought on trolleys and point at what you would like to eat.

Here is a photo of the deep fried and baked food counter. One of my favorites is the Egg Tarts.

Deep fried & baked dim sum counter
Deep fried & baked dim sum counter, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Here is counter with steamed dim sum such as siew mai, har kow, dumplings, baos, and many other choices. They are all covered.

All you have to do is ask them what they have, and the service staff will open each dim sum carrier as well as tell you what is inside. If you are unsure what are the ingredients inside a dim sum, you may ask them.

For example, you cannot tell what is inside a bao. Ask them and they will tell you what is inside it; for example, a cha siew bao will have Barbecued Pork inside.

Assorted Steamed Dim Sum Counter
Assorted Steamed Dim Sum Counter, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

For the above two counters, just order the food, and they will bring to your table. Alternatively, if you already know what you wish to have, you can order direct from the wait staff.

Another choice would be to stop a trolley when it passes by, and ask what goodies they have on the trolley. The service staff will patiently describe all the food on the trolley, and even show you if you would like to see before you decide. Then order and the service staff will place it on your table.

Old Style Push Trolley still one of the ways they serve at Foh San
Old Style Push Trolley still one of the ways they serve at Foh San, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The Dim Sum!

After we ordered the food, the dishes were served. I am quite the simple person. My usual favorites are the usual fare such as Siew Mai, Har Kow and Cheong Fun, as shown below.

Some of the dim sum we had - siew mai, har kow, cheong fun & tea
Some of the dim sum we had – siew mai, har kow, cheong fun & tea, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The Siew Mai was really good. Fine taste and the texture of the meat is smooth and tender. The Har Kow was a little disappointing. I hate it when the skin of dumplings fall off easily or are a little hard. Their Har Kow was both.

The Cheong Fun was the best! Being Ipoh that has the best hor fun, I am glad this continued to dishes that use this ingredient. It was thin, smooth and so soft. The mix of soya sauce and condiments created a delicious flavor that reminded me of the Bean Sprouts at Lou Wong.

As mentioned, my tastes for dim sum usually are quite simple. And of course, I must have the Cha Siew Baos (Barbecued Baos). Occasionally, I might get adventurous, and will try something a little different. Case in point, the Shrimp Dumpling with Spinach (tray on the left).

Steamed shrimp dumplings and cha siew baos (bbq pork baos)
Steamed shrimp dumplings and cha siew baos (bbq pork baos), © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The Cha Siew Bao good. Nothing to rave about. But, good enough to stand out from other mass manufactured baos sold at coffee shops. The skin could have been a bit fluffier.

The Shrimp Dumplings with Spinach was a surprise! I liked the freshness of the shrimps and how the taste of the spinach and shrimp played off each other to create a delightful combo in the mouth.

After an enjoyable breakfast, we headed back to the hotel to get our luggage and checked out. Next – Penang! Here we come!


Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼) – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Overall, I am awarding Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼) 4.0.

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Not all the dishes are good. But that’s normal in any restaurant right? There are some good ones, and some not so good.

The important thing is the good one must be of high standard and quality. And the not so good ones are tolerable.

Also, it must be noted that while I only tried the few dishes, they are the ones that are popular. Most people who have dim sum will usually order these dishes. So, it is important that these hallmark dim sum be the most delicious of all in the menu.

As you can tell from my review above, they have done well with most of the dim sum. The food stands out from other restaurants but not enough to get a 4.5 or 5.0. These are ratings that are hard to get from Asia Travel Gems.

A 4.0 means this is a place you can enjoy good food. It has some dishes that really delight the taste buds. It stand out from other restaurants but only barely.


How To Get There?

As mentioned earlier, Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼) is behind Excelsior Hotel, which is in the heart of the small town of Ipoh. If you stay at Excelsior Hotel, you are just a stone’s throw from this restaurant. See map below.

Address of Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼):

Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼)
51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam
30300 Ipoh, Malaysia

Operating hours:

Wednesday to Monday, 6.30 am to 2.30 pm

Contact Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼):

Phone Number: +605-254-0308

By Foot

Generally, Ipoh is not a big town. You can almost walk to anywhere from anywhere within the town. But, do check the map to see how far it is from where you are. Better still, check with your hotel for the distance and how long will it take to get there.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. And there are no trains to this place.

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. Better to go by car, taxi or Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter. If you choose to go by taxi, sometimes it may be better to book them for the afternoon or day. This way, you can be assured of getting a ride back to the city, as and when you like it.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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Things To Do In Ipoh – Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆)

Things To Do In Ipoh - Ho Yan Hor Museum

Things To Do In Ipoh – Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆)

One of the things we wanted to do in Ipoh was visit Han Chin Pet Soo Museum after our Mural Art in Ipoh trail. And just like our accidental find of First Concubine Lane (二奶巷), we chanced upon Ho Yan Hor Museum.

It was just next door to Han Chin Pet Soo Museum, which was our original target place to visit. Unfortunately, we had the tour hours mixed up, and we missed the last tour. Just then Ho Yan Hor Museum caught our eye. And it was actually the next place we wanted to visit, too.

We were glad we did. The museum and its exhibits were awesome. Continue reading and watch the video, and you will see why we feel this is definitely one of the Things To Do In Ipoh. A must do, in fact.


Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆) in Ipoh – The Video

If you prefer to see images rather than read, this video is the perfect option for you to explore the museum virtually. It offers a thorough view, starting from outside, the main entrance, lobby, and into each of the exhibit rooms.

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About Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆)

Dr Ho Kai Cheong brewed and sold his first pot of herbal tea at Treacher Street in 1945. It was perfect timing. After World War II, Ipoh had prospered from tin mining. The tea was a refreshing cooling drink for the tired miners.

The tea was no ordinary concoction too. Dr Ho was a graduate of Canton Wah Lam National Physician’s School in Hong Kong. He returned to Malaysia in 1941 as a certified Chinese Medical Sensei.

The original recipe of the tea offered much health benefits to anyone who drank it. It cooled the heatiness of the body, able to overcome the common cold, and contains lots of antioxidants.

Dr Ho’s dream was to do good for the people, and one of the goals was to keep everyone healthy. Over the years, the brand – Ho Yan Hor, which means Everyone Can – has grown to be popular with the people, and an icon of health drink in Malaysia.

Entrance of Ho Yan Hor Museum
Entrance of Ho Yan Hor Museum, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The Ho Yan Hor Museum resides at the two-storey building where Dr Ho started this iconic tea. It is in honor and memory of his achievements, and offer an in-depth record of Dr Ho’s journey from start till today.


Inside Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆)

Before we went into the museum, one of the things to notice was the huge mural art by the famous artist – Ernest Zacharevic. It is titled Evolution and reminds the people of the days when tin mining was the industry that brought prosperity to this town.

Tip: Don’t miss this! It is at the side of the building.

Above photo: Ernest Zacharevic’s Evolution Mural Art depicting the tin mining industry, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

There was so much art and culture in Ipoh. The moment we stepped into Ho Yan Hor Museum, you could not help but notice the very colorful and well painted mural by art teacher-cum-artist Chin Choon Yau.

It showed the old days when the tea was served on Treacher Street. Notice the small counter with the Chinese words, the brand – Ho Yan Hor, and some cups on display. Today, the same counter could be seen outside the museum at that same spot.

A colorful mural created by art teacher-cum-artist Chin Choon Yau
A colorful mural created by art teacher-cum-artist Chin Choon Yau, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

We entered into the exhibits, and there was a lot of really interesting photos with explanation about the history and growth of Ho Yan Hor. Below was a photo of their new factory back then. From a small stall, the brand grew until it needed a large factory to grow the herbs and tea leaves as well as to sun them.

Tip: You can see more of the photos and exhibits in the video above.

Photo of the new factory and trays of herbs drying in the sun
Photo of the new factory and trays of herbs drying in the sun, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Before the kitchen there was an intriguing display. They featured 20 of the 25 secret ingredients of the tea. What were the other 5??!! Can someone reveal to me? I promise I will keep it a secret. Shhhhhhhhh.

The 20 Secret Ingredients of the tea
The 20 Secret Ingredients of the tea, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

On the ground level, there was the kitchen. It was restored as close to its original state in the 1940s. Look at the antique looking cupboards and cabinets with all the food, ingredients and cooking wares. It was really cool to see all that.

The kitchen has been restored as close to how it would look like back in the 1940s
The kitchen has been restored as close to how it would look like back in the 1940s, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Here is a closer view of the cupboard. I don’t know why but the old pots and flasks stood out to me. I find them so charming.

Closer view of the kitchen
Closer view of the kitchen, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Right at the center of the kitchen was a very large stove. There was no signage to explain it. My friends and I believe it was used to cook and dry the herbs and leaves. What do you think?

A Large Stove to cook the herbs and tea leaves
A Large Stove to cook the herbs and tea leaves, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

On the second level, there was a corner where they feature a quaint work desk that reflected the old days. Check out that old typewriter and phone!

An office table restored to how it would used to look like in the old days
An office table restored to how it would used to look like in the old days, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Near that desk, there was a cart. They used to use this method to sell the tea.

A cart that was used to sell the tea in the old days
A cart that was used to sell the tea in the old days, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Somewhere near the end of the exhibits was this stellar display. We loved the friendly smile of the vendor, and how realistic he looked. Very eye catching!

A peddler that would cycle around and sell the tea
A peddler that would cycle around and sell the tea, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Also, near the end of the exhibits was a video about Ho Yan Hor. I did not take any photos or video because there were people in the middle of the video, and I did want to be impolite.

Tip: Watch the video presentation about Ho Yan Hor

After the entire tour of the museum, the path would lead you back to the lobby. At the counter, they would have already prepared a few cups of samples of their best tea for you to taste.

We tried them all, and they were delicious!

Tip: Take the opportunity to buy packs of the tea. They are really good to enjoy in the hotel, and when you are back home.

Soothing samples of tea served at counter. You can purchase these awesome brews too
Soothing samples of tea served at counter. You can purchase these awesome brews too, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved 

Where is Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆)?

Ho Yan Hor Museum (何人可博物馆) is located along Jalan Bijeh Timah, also known as Treacher Street. Below is a map to help you find the place.

Operating Hours

10am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed on Mondays. (Large groups, please call in advance)

Address

1 Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Contact

Phone: 05 241 2048

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HYHMuseum

How To Get There?

By Foot

If your hotel is not too far away from Jalan Bijeh Timah, it is all right to go on foot. Check with your hotel before setting off. Also, there are hot seasons. So, either take regular drinking stops at local cafes or coffee shops, or carry some water with you.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. And there are no trains to this place.

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. Better to go by car, taxi or Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter. If you choose to go by taxi, sometimes it may be better to book them for the afternoon or day. This way, you can be assured of getting a ride back to the city, as and when you like it.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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Timotheus

Things To Do In Ipoh – First Concubine Lane

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Things To Do In Ipoh – First Concubine Lane (二奶巷)

While we searched for more Mural Art In Ipoh, we spotted a particular mural art that led to the First Concubine Lane (二奶巷). We were a little clueless about what this place was all about. Upon further exploration, we discovered that this was another one of the Things To Do In Ipoh.

Not sure if this is worth your time? Then read on for more info about this market street, the trendy cafes and chic boutique hotels. Watch the video and perhaps that will convince you to drop by when you are in Ipoh, Malaysia.

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First Concubine Lane (二奶巷) in Ipoh – The Video

The First Concubine Lane (二奶巷) surprised us. There were hip cafes, trendy stores, and lots of interesting shops. And this was on an off peak season.

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We later understood that during the peak season, there would be so much more to see. There would be pop up stalls, and decorations were much more vibrant.

Tip: For an exciting time, visit during the peak season; such as weekends and public holidays.


About First Concubine Lane (二奶巷)

There are actually Three Concubine Lanes in Ipoh. Or rather, one wife and two concubine lanes.

In 1892, after a fire ravaged the Old Town of Ipoh, the entire town was rebuilt. Buildings along many lanes were redesigned with shops at the ground level. A mining tycoon by the name of Yao Tet Shin purchased three of these lanes, and gave each to his wife and two concubines.

Today, Lorong Hale is the wife lane, also called Da Nai Gang (大奶巷). Lorong Panglima is the first concubine lane, also called Er Nai Gang (二奶巷). And Market Lane is San Nai Gang (三奶巷), which is the second concubine lane.

Er Nai Gang (二奶巷), which actually means First Concubine Lane.
Er Nai Gang (二奶巷), which actually means First Concubine Lane., © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

For those who understand Chinese, you may wonder why is the First Concubine Lane called Er Nai Gang, which sounds like Second Concubine Lane? This is because in Chinese  the Wife is called Da Nai (大奶), which ranks her as the first lady in the family. The First Concubine, then becomes Er Nai (二奶巷), which ranks her as the second lady in the family. But she is actually the First Concubine. Hence, the First Concubine Lane (二奶巷).

Of the three lanes, the First Concubine Lane (二奶巷) is the busiest with shops, restaurants, and even a boutique hotel. When we arrived on Friday, the lane is not too crowded. We understand that it fills up on weekends. Also, we visited during the off peak period.

Photo above: Tourists taking a stroll, slowly browsing and selecting what to eat, drink and what souvenirs to buy, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: If you prefer to avoid the crowds, then visit on a weekday, or better still during the off peak seasons.


What’s At First Concubine Lane? (二奶巷)

The fascinating aspect of the First Concubine Lane (二奶巷) is that most of the old shop houses have been restored. At the same time, the interiors are designed in contemporary style, with a little touch of the past. So you do get the old world charm while you shop and dine in modern furnishings.

Today, you see a lot of cafes, restaurants and even boutique hotels here. Below is a photo of one of the cafes selling traditional desserts, great local coffee, and fruit ice lollies.

There are many food and beverage cafes and restaurants at Second Concubine Lane. You are spoiled for choice.
There are many food and beverage cafes and restaurants at Second Concubine Lane. You are spoiled for choice, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Of course, as with any tourist attraction, there are the souvenir shops.

One of the souvenir shops at Second Concubine Lane, lots of interesting stuff to buy as souvenir and for friends and family
One of the souvenir shops at Second Concubine Lane, lots of interesting stuff to buy as souvenir and for friends and family, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

We learned later that many of the shops have very fun and innovative ways of attracting customers. Some decorate the front of the shop with unique and eye catching displays. Some decorate the upper floor windows with attractive displays, such as a large teddy bear.

Another Tip: As you explore the street, look up at the windows on the second floor. 


Where is First Concubine Lane (二奶巷)?

Look for the First Concubine Lane (二奶巷) on Lorong Panglima. Below is a map to help you find the place.

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Operating Hours

7am to 7pm, Daily including Public Holidays

Address

Lorong Panglima, Concubine Ln, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

How To Get There?

By Foot

If your hotel is not too far away from this area, it is all right to find it on foot. Check with your hotel before setting off. Also, there are hot seasons. So, either take regular drinking stops at local cafes or coffee shops, or carry some water with you.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. And there are no trains to this place.

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. Better to go by car, taxi or Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter. If you choose to go by taxi, sometimes it may be better to book them for the afternoon or day. This way, you can be assured of getting a ride back to the city, as and when you like it.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,
Timotheus

Best Food In Ipoh

Best Food In Ipoh

Planning to visit Ipoh in Malaysia? Wondering what are the good food to enjoy there? And where are they? You have come to the right place! Here are a list of great food places that serves the Best Food in Ipoh, that will surely please your palate.



Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken

A delicious and full meal - Chicken with Bean Sprouts, Hor Fun (Flat white noodles), and meat balls in soup - Click on Image to Read More
A delicious and full meal – Chicken with Bean Sprouts, Hor Fun (Flat white noodles), and meat balls in soup – Click on Image to Read More

This is one of the local dishes you must try when you are in Ipoh. And where better to taste it than at Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken. Bean Sprouts in Ipoh are famous. How does it taste, together with the steam chicken? Where is it exactly located? Go to my food review, and Read More


Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant

Some of the dim sum we had at Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant - siew mai, har kow, cheong fun & tea - Click on Image to Read More
Some of the dim sum we had at Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant – siew mai, har kow, cheong fun & tea – Click on Image to Read More

Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant is an institution in Ipoh. Ask any one in this sleepy town for the best dim sum, and they will point you to this famous eating place that is popular with the locals and tourists. Is it still as good? Where is it exactly located? What are the operating hours? All revealed in my food review. Read More



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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Best Food In Ipoh – Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉)

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Best Food In Ipoh – Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉) Review

It had been a long drive from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. We were ravenous. After we checked in to Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, we sought out Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉). We heard much about this restaurant, that it is one of the Best Food in Ipoh.

If you are like me, and did your research before coming to Ipoh, you would know that this is the best known Hainanese Chicken in Malaysia. And you should add this to your itinerary.

Since Ipoh is a small town, we decided to leave the car parked at the hotel, and walk to the restaurant. We got a little lost. Thankfully, the restaurant is so famous that any local seemed to know where it was. So, a little realignment from a friendly local, and we were on our way.


Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉) – The Overview & Rankings

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Name: Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉)
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner
Dining Choices: Dine In, Reservations, Takeout
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.0 out of 5.0
Service: 4.0 out of 5.0
Value: 4.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 3.0 out of 5.0
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 


Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken – The Video

Need visuals to locate the restaurant? Our helpful video shows you the street where Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken is at as well as shots of the kitchen, the available seating outside, and how it looks inside, too.

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About Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken 

Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken is one of Ipoh’s most popular food places that serves the best bean sprouts and chicken. Bean Sprout Chicken in Cantonese is ‘Nga Choy Gai’. The concept is actually eating Chicken with Bean Sprouts, together with Chicken ice or Hor Fun, which is flat white noodles.

The restaurant’s humble beginnings started when the food was sold from a pushcart. Today, it spans the entire corner unit of a row of shophouses.

Best Food In Ipoh - Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken - restaurant front
Restaurant front of Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
Best Food In Ipoh - Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken - inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant of Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: Visit during Off Peak Seasons (we went in January),
and you can get a table easily.


Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken – The Food

As mentioned earlier, the restaurant is famous for the chicken and the bean sprouts. Customers have a choice of eating them with the fragrant chicken rice or hor fun, which is flat white noodles.

The chicken rice is really fragrant. It is cooked in chicken fat, ginger, garlic and spring onions. Plus, it is scented lightly with pandan flavor from natural pandan leaves. The hor fun is, on the other hand, is thin and light. It slides down the throat so easily.

As you can see in the photo below, we chose hor fun over the rice. In retrospect, we should have ordered one bowl of chicken rice and one bowl of hor fun. Just so that we could try both and know the difference.

A delicious and full meal - Chicken with Bean Sprouts, Hor Fun (Flat white noodles), and meat balls in soup
A delicious and full meal – Chicken with Bean Sprouts, Hor Fun (Flat white noodles), and meat balls in soup, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: Order at least one bowl of Chicken Rice and one bowl of Hor Fun

The Chicken

The chicken was tender and tasted really good! And no wonder. They used fresh free-range chicken that they boiled to tenderness. Then they cut it into thick slices, and dunk it in ice and water. This process created the perfect Pak Cham Gai which means White Cut Chicken.

The chicken is then lathered in superior soy sauce, and sprinkled with pieces of scallion. The combined taste and texture was superb!

Pak Cham Gai - White Cut Chicken - Boiled to tenderness, flavored with superior soy sauce, and garnished with scallions
Pak Cham Gai – White Cut Chicken – Boiled to tenderness, flavored with superior soy sauce, and garnished with scallions, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The Bean Sprouts

Ipoh has the reputation of having the best bean sprouts in the country. The high quality seedling is produced with high quality and superior minerals in the ground. Added to that, natural spring water from the limestone hills, enriched with minerals, is used to grow the bean sprouts.

As a result, the bean sprouts are thick short and juicy. The fresh bean sprouts are flash-blanched to get rid of any raw taste of uncooked bean sprouts. This method is fast and quick enough to retain the crunchiness of the bean sprouts.

Then they are flavored in chicken fat, sesame oil and soy sauce and other condiments. This is followed by a topping of chopped scallions and red chilies with a light layer of pepper. The result is a delightful and delicious mix of fat, juicy and crunchy bean sprouts.

We truly loved and enjoyed the bean sprouts!

Fat, Crunchy and Juicy Bean Sprouts grown with fresh spring water from the limestone hills
Fat, Crunchy and Juicy Bean Sprouts grown with fresh spring water from the limestone hills, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

After having a great meal, we took a walk to explore the city, and searched for Mural Art, followed by an enriching and serene visit to Kek Look Tong, a cave temple with an award winning garden.


Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

We give Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉) a firm 4.0.

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They deserved this relatively high rating for serving food of high quality and standards.

But do take note that not all their dishes are of the same. If you order their signature dishes; that are the Chicken, Bean Sprouts, Chicken Rice and Hor Fun, you will be safe and assured of an enjoyable dining experience.

Do take note of our Tip to visit during the off peak seasons. If not, you will have to be very patient, and wait a long time for a table, and to be served.

Other than that, you can be sure to enjoy the food here, and have a memorable meal in Ipoh.


How To Get There?

Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉) is in the heart of the small town. It is within walking distance from most of the hotels. Use the map below to find out how far this restaurant is from the hotel where you are staying at.

Address of Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken:
Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉)
49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin,
30000 Ipoh
Tel: +605-254 4199

Operating hours: 10am to midnight

Contact Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken:
Phone Number: +60-5-254-4199


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Things To Do In Ipoh – Kek Look Tong (極樂洞)

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Things To Do In Ipoh – Kek Look Tong (極樂洞)

After exploring the city, and finding as many of the lovely Mural Art in Ipoh as possible, my friend recommended another one of the Things To Do in Ipoh. He spoke about a very beautiful place called Kek Look Tong (極樂洞). Many tourists visit it, and even he, a local Malaysian, enjoyed going there every time he was in Ipoh. It sounded so wondrous. Plus, he was driving. And it was not far from the city. So we made our way to Kek Look Tong (極樂洞). If you are planning to visit Malaysia, and Ipoh is one of the places you are considering, then you must read this blog post, and watch the video.

Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) in Ipoh – The Video

Visiting Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) was an awesome experience. The place was peaceful and serene. You really have to be there to know what I mean. Meanwhile, watch the video below for an idea of what to expect.
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About Kek Look Tong (極樂洞)

Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) is a cave and temple that is a favorite with the locals and popular with the tourists. Locals go there to pray and enjoy the peace and serenity. Some tourists go there to soak in the sights. Some say a little prayer while they are at it. The name – Kek Look Tong (樂洞) – means The Cave of Ultimate Bliss or Great Happiness
Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Steps to Entrance
Steps to Entrance, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
Kek Look Tong (樂洞極) is located in the south of Ipoh. It has been a place of worship since 1920s. In the 1960s, parts of the cave were excavated due to iron ore mining industry. Today, it is a place for refuge, and religious worship again. Next to entrance, there is a charming small pond with a big statue of Kuan Yin, also known as the Goddess or Mercy.
Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Kuan Yin pond near entrance
Kuan Yin pond near entrance, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
Inside the cave, there is a central altar and a few smaller altars. On each altar, there are image of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and various Chinese deities. There is a central altar where Maitreya Buddha sits. Maitreya Buddha, also known as the Laughing Buddha is prophesied to be the next Buddha to appear in our world. Many looking forward to this.
Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Maitreya Buddha, also known as Laughing Buddha
Maitreya Buddha, also known as Laughing Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
Stalagmites and Stalactites inside the limestone caves are beautifully carved by nature into stunning natural artworks.
Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Awesome stalagmites and stalactites
Awesome stalagmites and stalactites, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - More awesome stalagmites and stalactites
More awesome stalagmites and stalactites, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Sanctuary in Kek Look Tong (極樂洞)

As we explored the place, my friend kept smiling and shared that the best part of this place is yet to be seen. Further in, there is a unique feature that sets Kek Look Tong (樂洞極) apart from the other caves in Malaysia. There is a beautiful award winning garden, surrounded by imposing hills.
Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Magnificent Award Winning Garden
Magnificent Award Winning Garden, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
It was truly breathtaking. So amazing that such a place exists in Ipoh. The garden was large, and as we walked further in, we discovered one of the longest foot reflexology path in Ipoh.
Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Longest Foot Reflexology Path in Ipoh
Longest Foot Reflexology Path in Ipoh, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
The challenge was to see if you can walk the entire path. We tried. After a few meters, we were crying out in pain. Haha At the start of the garden, there was a lake. And as you walk deeper into the garden, you will find another lake. This is a lake filled with lotus plants.
Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Lotus Pond
Lotus Pond, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
Too bad it was not the season for lotus flowers. I am sure it would be a breathtaking sight, to see the entire lake filled with lotus flowers. As you enjoy the garden, I advise to also look around and up. You will be impressed by the tall hills and the interesting designs by limestone.
Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Beautiful Limestone Hill surrounds the garden
Beautiful Limestone Hill surrounds the garden, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: There are mosquitoes eager for fresh blood! So do bring along any anti-mosquito balm or spray to keep them away.

Another Tip: Spot a cave and curious to explore it? Don’t!!! It is filled with mosquitoes. Like a spider luring its prey to its web, these caves are the mosquitoes’ bait.

Besides, mosquitoes, there are lots of wildlife there. There are birds, geese (that you see in the video), dogs, and even the excited garden lizard.
Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Garden Lizards Prance around the garden
Garden Lizards prance around the garden, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Where is Kek Look Tong (極樂洞)?

As mentioned above, Kek Look Tong (樂洞極) is south of Ipoh. It is not really far … when you drive, or when you hire a cab or Grab to take you there. The journey is about 20 to 25 minutes from the main city of Ipoh.

Operating Hours

7am to 6pm, Daily including Public Holidays

Entrance Fee

Free. Donations welcome. Donations help to upkeep the place.

Address

Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

How To Get There?

By Foot

Not advisable.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. And there are no trains to this place.

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. Better to go by car, taxi or Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app. The journey is only about 20 to 25 minutes, one way. The car park at the site is free.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter. If you choose to go by taxi, sometimes it may be better to book them for the afternoon or day. This way, you can be assured of getting a ride back to the city, as and when you like it.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles. It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy. I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.
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Things To Do In Ipoh – Mural Art

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Things To Do In Ipoh – Mural Art

Before visiting Ipoh, I did my usual research on what are the Things To Do in Ipoh? And I read about the awesome Mural Art there. I had only heard about the famous Mural Art in Penang. And did not know they exist in Ipoh, too. Now, that I know, I made sure to track as many as I could.

After we checked in Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, and unloaded our luggage there, we first headed for lunch. We were very hungry after a long drive. We went to Lou Wong Chicken Rice. It was very good! I will blog about this next.

After lunch, it was time to find as many Mural Art as we could. It was perfect as we needed to walk and digest all that delicious food. Off we went to explore the city! Come along with us.


Mural Art in Ipoh – The Video

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Mural Art in Ipoh

We did not have a planned route. To be honest, it was more like this – as mentioned earlier, we learned about the Mural Art in Ipoh. But we did not check where they were located exactly. So what we did was more of simply walking about the city, and spotted any Mural Art if we could. We were quite lucky. We found quite a few.

Below was one of the well known ‘Art of Old Town’ mural set. It was a collaboration between OldTown White Coffee and the City Council of Ipoh. The artist who painted this was Ernest Zacharevic. He was the same genius Lithuanian street artist that created all the awesome Mural Art in Georgetown of Penang.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of Kopi O, Black Coffee in a packet
Mural Art of Kopi O, Black Coffee in a packet

Kopi O is local for ‘black coffee’. There were 5 packets of the Kopi O, each emptier than the next. It was almost like a tribute to this iconic drink that was popular with the locals.

We continued walking down the street, and my friend spotted this very colorful mural. It was about an old style provision store that sold fruits, lanterns, and other goods. There was a towkay – local term for boss – seated on a rattan chair looking all relaxed.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a Provision Store filled with fruits, lanterns, and goods with the store owner
Mural Art of a Provision Store filled with fruits, lanterns, and goods with the store owner

The next mural we found was next to a local restaurant. They must have realized how these Mural Art drew crowds. So, they had one of three foreigners enjoying beer. How apt that the restaurant sold Carlsberg!

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of three men toasting with beer
Mural Art of three men toasting with beer

Soon, we were less depending on chance, and more dependent on Google. We read about a place where there were many Mural Art. As we approached that location, we were amazed at a huge Mural Art painted at the side of that building.

It was about a group of men practicing WuShu (martial arts), and one of the activities was to balance a very tall and large flag on their heads. You could not miss this!

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art on the wall of a building of a group of young men holding up a large flag
Mural Art on the wall of a building of a group of young men holding up a large flag

The location was supposed to have many Mural Art. But it looked closed, and all we could spot were a very few painted along the side of the facade. Quite sad. Even then, the paintings were beautiful.

Here was one that could easily be missed if you did not really look carefully. It was one of the smaller Mural Art of a cat catching mice. Was this art imitating life?

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a cat catching mice
Mural Art of a cat catching mice

Further along this perimeter, there are a couple more Mural Art. There was this charming coffee shop, complete with soft drinks that were no longer sold today, and a gentleman who could be the original barista, preparing coffee for customers.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a local coffee shop and the original barista
Mural Art of a local coffee shop and the original barista

Next to the above painting was one of a trishaw rider. The trishaw was one of the old mode of transportation. It was made of a bicycle with a large seat in front of it. Passengers would sit on the large seat, and the rider would peddle the bicycle to take the customer wherever they would like to go.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a trishaw and its rider
Mural Art of a trishaw and its rider

Here was another one of the popular Mural Art – an mobile ice cream seller. These mobile stalls would move from one location to another, and sold the most delicious ice cream served on a hot day.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a mobile ice cream stall and its seller
Mural Art of a mobile ice cream stall and its seller

Another popular Mural Art that captured a group of children playing blind man’s buff, a very popular game in the old days. The artist truly delivered the energy and emotions of the children.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a group of children playing blind man's buff - this is one of the famous murals
Mural Art of a group of children playing blind man’s buff – this is one of the famous murals

The last one we have in this post was discovered by us, by chance. We were looking for one of the popular local attractions, one of the museums. But found instead this breathtaking Mural Art that was drawn all over the side of this building.

This almost told a story, and perhaps it did. It was about the glorious days of tin mining in Ipoh. Back then, tin mining brought much prosperity and wealth to this small town. Today, tin mining has almost gone, with only a very few still in operations.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art depicting the old mining town of Ipoh
Mural Art depicting the old mining town of Ipoh

Where are all the Mural Art in Ipoh?

The Google Map below shows some of the locations of the Mural Art in Ipoh. Perhaps you will have better chances of capturing more of the Mural Art?

How To Get There?

By Foot

This was how we moved about within the small town of Ipoh. Just get a map from the hotel or use Google Maps, and you will be able to navigate easily to find all the Mural Art.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. There is no need actually. The town is so small that you can easily get about by foot (see above).

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. The town is so small, it is better to take taxi or Grab. Better still, since the Mural Art are all in town, simply go By Foot (see above).

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app.

Plus, parking is usually not a problem because there is ample space almost everywhere.

Tip: Public parking requires coupons. You can buy them from stores nearby parking areas.

Tip: There are people hanging around public parking areas, and claiming to collect fees. It is up to you, but I would advise paying a small sum for the safety of your car.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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Ipoh Hotels

Ipoh Hotels

Ipoh Hotels are many, and any visitor to Ipoh in Malaysia is spoilt for choice. We would like to help you by reviewing as many as we can stay at here. For a start, here is the review of Hotel Excelsior Ipoh. Click the link below for the review, with photos and videos of it.



Hotel Excelsior

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Ipoh Hotels Review – Hotel Excelsior Ipoh – Front of Hotel – Click on Image to Read More

When I was planning to visit Ipoh, I searched for hotels to stay at. And my friends and I finally decided to be at Hotel Excelsior. Even when there are newer hotels around.

Why did we do that?

Well, one of the reasons is that this hotel is the most established hotel there. It was the first international hotel.

The second and better reason was that it was located right next to Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant. This fit into our plans perfectly – to wake early in the morning on our day of departure, enjoy great dim sum, then head off to Penang.

We did not expect much since this is a relatively old hotel. But we were pleasantly surprised.

Find out why?

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Things To Do In Ipoh

Things To Do In Ipoh

When I first mentioned to my friends that I am going to Malaysia, and Ipoh will be one of the towns I will visit, I received a lot of advice such as “Not much to see there”, “One day is enough time spent in Ipoh”, and so on. To my surprise, when I finally visited this charming small town, I find that there are a lot of Things To Do in Ipoh.

In fact, the one day I was advised to spend was not enough. I will definitely need to visit this enchanting place again.



Beautiful Mural Art

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Things To Do In Ipoh – Mural Art – Click on Image to Read More

Just like Penang, Ipoh boasts a living gallery of Mural Art all around this small town. Done in brilliant colors and black and white, there are plenty of mural art for you to discover and enjoy. Read my blog post to see where to find these masterpieces. Read More


Kek Look Tong – A Piece of Paradise

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Things To Do In Ipoh – Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) – Steps to Entrance – Click on Image to Read More

A little distance from the main town is Kek Look Tong. It is a large cave with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites.

There are altars of images of Buddha and other heavenly beings carefully placed around the cave without affecting the beauty of this natural phenomenon.

Behind, there is a little piece of paradise. See the photos and video of this wonder.

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First Concubine Lane – Refreshed and Cool Again

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Er Nai Gang, which actually means First Concubine Lane – Click on Image to Read More

The Concubine Lanes is rich with history and culture.

Today, the First Concubine Lane has been given a fresh coat of paint and looks awesome!

There is so much to enjoy here – chic hotels, cool cafes and restaurants, unique retail stores, and more.

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Ho Yan Hor Museum – How Tea Played a Part in History

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A peddler that would cycle around and sell the tea – Click on Image to Read More

There are many museums in Ipoh.

Each is different and offers different subjects that are interesting.

There is a museum that focuses on the culture of Ipoh. The Ho Yan Hor Museum brings you back to time to the humble beginnings of this enterprise, and shows you how this business grew over time till today.

The interesting part of this is how this business played a part in history and society, helping to mould both to the town it is today.

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Ipoh

Ipoh

About Ipoh

More info coming soon about Ipoh –

Where is Ipoh?

How to get to KualaIpoh?

Weather in Ipoh

How to get around in Ipoh?

Currency in Ipoh

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